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The Silverado name dates back to 1975. However, its early usage was merely as a trim level on the Chevy C/K pickup. It was not until 1999 that Chevy released the first real Silverado truck. The original Chevy Silverado 1500 light-duty truck was soon followed the next year with three Heavy Duty variants. These were the Silverado 1500HD, Silverado 2500HD, and Silverado 3500HD. Of these, the Chevy Silverado 2500HD, in particular, stood out for offering a powerful Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel and an Allison six-speed automatic transmission in a more comfortable platform than the heavier Silverado 3500HD and its dually wheels. Since its introduction over two decades ago, the first-generation Chevy Silverado 2500HD has gained a well-deserved reputation as an extremely reliable and long-lasting truck with many still on the roads today.
The iconic first-generation Silverado was phased out and replaced with an all-new second-generation for 2007, dropping the Silverado 1500HD model in the process. This made the Chevy Silverado 2500HD the base Heavy Duty model, a position that it still holds today. The focus of the second-generation was efficiency, with improved aerodynamics and a new Generation IV small-block V8. Notably, these were also the first Chevy trucks not to offer a manual transmission option for the American market. Although the second-generation Chevy Silverado 2500HD has not yet achieved the fame of the first-generation, they are still quite common on the used market and represent great value.
In 2014, Chevy released the third-generation of the Silverado. On top of being a generally larger and more powerful vehicle, the third-generation finally brought the Silverado into the 21st century with a modern touchscreen-based infotainment system that included Bluetooth and USB. And while the Chevy Silverado 2500HD maintained its traditional 6.6L Duramax engine, the third-generation upgraded from the six-speed transmission first introduced in 2000 to a more advanced eight-speed unit. Although the third-generation Chevy Silverado 2500HD can still be found new today as it is in the process of being replaced by the all-new fourth-generation that was introduced for the 2020 Model year.